The Repenting Serpent by Wes Markin @MarkinWes @CarolineBookBit #BitsaboutBooksBlogTour #crime #thriller #fiction #newreview #newbook

The Repenting Serpent by Wes Markin

Rating ****

 

About the Author

Wes Markin

Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre. Having finished ‘The Repenting Serpent,’ sequel to ‘One Last Prayer for the Rays,’ he is now working on the third instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride. He is also the author of ‘A Lesson in Crime,’ a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days. Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

Blurb

A vicious serial killer slithers from the darkness, determined to resurrect the ways of a long-dead civilisation.

When the ex-wife of one of DCI Michael Yorke’s closest allies is left mutilated and murdered, Yorke and his team embark on their greatest test yet. A  deeply personal case that will push them to their very limits. 

And as Yorke’s team are pulled further into the dark, the killer circles, preparing to strike again. 

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Review

Today is just a couple of days after publication day for The Repenting Serpent, which has a great opener. It’s the second DCI Yorke thriller in the series, which gives you plenty of crime as well as being psychological. Within the first few pages an emotional scene is set.

Imagine the scene and the feelings, you’ve divorced your wife, you’ve got family and then you discover your ex-wife has not just simply died, but is murdered in a most horrific way. This is what happened to DS. Brookes who heard Jessica – his ex-wife was murdered.

This is more than just a police procedural book. It’s about relationships, broken or otherwise and about the emotions of dealing with a murder that is so personal because it is so close to home. The author also then throws in something else, Jessica’s mother is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s.

There is much emotion in this book, but all entirely plausible and so well written. On the backdrop of the horrific murder and the awful Alzheimer’s that’s taken so much grip, there is a sensitivity, especially in the portrayal of the emotions.

This isn’t a book for the fainthearted. It does go into quite some detail, but is all well-done.

It’s an intriguing read as the investigation moves on and Yorke is suddenly doing research and gaining knowledge of the Aztecs. It seems random at first, but stick with it, it’s interesting and there is a point to it.

Is the murderer who Yorke reckons it to be quite early on, or is it someone else and is there any danger to this character? Borrow or buy your copy of the book to find out.

This was part of a Bits about Books Blog Tour I was pleased to be invited to join.

         

 

 

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Death at the Plague Museum by Lesley Kelly @lkauthor @sandstonepress #NewBook #Review #Crime #Scotland #Edinburgh

Death at the Plague Museum
A Health of Strangers Thriller
By Lesley Kelly
Rated: ****

About the Author

Lesley Kelly has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for the past 20 years, dabbling in poetry and stand-up comedy along the way. She has won several writing competitions, including the Scotsman’s Short Story Award in 2008. Her debut novel: A Fine House in Trinity, was long listed for the William McIlvanney award in 2016. She can be followed on Twitter @lkauthor where she tweets about writing, Edinburgh and whatever else takes her fancy.

Blurb

Lesley Kelly book“If word gets out they’re going crazy, there’s going to be bloodshed”
The pandemic is spreading.
On Friday three civil servants leading Virus policy hold a secret meeting at the Museum of Plagues and Pandemics. By Monday, two are dead and one is missing. It’s up to Mona and Bernard of the Health Enforcement Team to find the missing official before panic hits the streets.

 

 

 

I would, before I begin my review, to thank Lesley Kelly for the packet of sweets to go along with this book.

Review

The book is split into 5 parts for the days of the week, plus titles.
From the outset there’s a death being investigated in the Edinburgh Museum of Plagues and Pandemics. Think work might just about be okay to go to on a Monday? Think again… There’s an air of something mysterious going on and Nathan McVie is dead..

The book, even though there’s a death early on at the Plague Museum, has some humour within it. I happen to like books with a bit of humour, even if the subject matter may be dark. The humour is well-placed and is sensible enough.

The book is at a good pace and would draw any reader in. It’s also modern and very “up to the minute” with the way people using social media, especially Twitter seem to find and comment on things instantly, and the way details of events are up there quicker than one could possibly imagine. Other issues are also highlighted, such as the constant threat of library closures and how people need to use them. I like that Mona has to use the library to do some research and I like that there’s not some romaticised idea that they will be around forever, regardless of whether they are used or not. I speak from experience of a council giving up on a few libraries as I have been heavily involved in creating a community library and now also running it, using every librarian skill I have gained by working in several of them over many years. It is thanks to authors such as Lesley Kelly who have supplied us with new books too, that we have a great book stock.
Back to the rest of the book…

The story goes on, turning up the tension about what really happened to Mr McVie and wondering where Sopel as she is missing and also missed a health check all staff get. The modern real possibilities of Twitter mobs are warned of well, within this book. It reflects our modern times and perhaps in ways that may make people think about how they use online sharing platforms such as social media in all its current forms.

There’s a mysterious death, or was it murder? There’s also a bomb threat. Enter the Plague Museum at your own risk and enjoy!!!

*I thank Lesley Kelly for sending me a copy in advance of the publishing date of 18th April to review. I also thank her for sending me books of this series for a community library I have set up.
The review is my own views and by no way was I influenced by what I wrote by the author or any other person by my review.

Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan – A family drama with a murder and emotion, including some humour. @UrbaneBooks @EvaJordanWriter #LoveBooksGroupTours #amreading #newbook #Romance #Crime #BookReview #BlogTour

Time Will Tell
By Eva Jordan
Rating:****

I am pleased to say that it is my turn to be on the Blog Tour with an advanced copy of Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan. The book is published and released to the public on the 25th April. So it’s one you may like to look out for then or pre-order.

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Blurb

Time will tell bookWriter, Lizzie Lemalf, and her loving but somewhat dysfunctional family are still grieving over the loss of a much-loved family member. Lizzie is doing her best to keep her family together but why does the recent death of a well-known celebrity have them all in a spin? The police suspect foul play; Lizzie and other family members suspect one another. Lizzie begins searching for answers only to find herself being dragged back to the past, to 1960’s London to be exact, and to the former life of her father, that up until now she has never been privy to. Every family has its secrets but how can the past hold the key to a present day celebrity death?

They say the past comes back to haunt you. Surely the truth will out? Maybe, but only time will tell…

Review

This book spans across the years of 1945, 1965 and 1971 to present day. I find my attention grabbed in an instant on that first page. I wasn’t expecting it, but it is a great opener. Already there are questions forming in my head. Who is the protagonist and why has the person ended up in a certain place? Then, enter chapter one, which takes readers right to the present day. It begins with a death announcement on the news and social media. Already I want to know more about this person. So, already there’s a bit of a mystery as to who killed this celebrity character.
There are themes of family bonds and ties throughout that are strong, so the book isn’t all just about the death of a celebrity. There’s romance and poignancy within this book as well as some humour and a look into family dynamics.

There is much going on and a lot of substance and depth and many emotions within this book as a lot happens to the characters between the ages that it goes between. It is well written and although it flicks through a number of different times, it works rather well and creates an interesting story, although, unusually for me, I had to really concentrate on the time changes, especially at the very beginning. The eras themselves were captured well and there was certainly plenty going on in the 60’s.

There are three books featuring Lizzie and her family, this was the first one I read and it was indeed enjoyable and is well plotted and it felt like the author was invested in the characters, which I felt were thought out in a good way. I would however say that, from my point of view anyway, that they are possibly best read from the beginning to get more of the gist of this family, although to read it as a stand-alone works not too shabbily.

About the Author

 

Eva jordan picEva Jordan is a published writer of several short stories and Time Will Tell is her third novel. Eva lives in a small town in Cambridgeshire with partner Steve and three of our four children, who are a constant source of inspiration – they are all teenagers, need I say more! Eva’s career has been varied, including working in a Women’s Refuge and more recently at the city library. However, storytelling through the art of writing is her true passion.

 

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Title: Time Will Tell
Author: Eva Jordan
Publisher: Urbane Publications
ISBN:  9781911583943
Category: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Pages: 288

 

Hunter’s Chase – The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries by Val Penny @valeriepenny #LoveBooksGroupTours #Crime #Edinburgh #NewBook

The Hunter’s Chase
By Val Penny
Excerpt

Today I am pleased to be part of the Love Books Group Tour presenting “Hunter’s Chase” by Val Penny who has also gained accolades on this book such as “up there with Ian Rankin”.

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Blurb

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

 DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.

Synopsis

 Hunter’s Chase is a police procedural crime novel. It is set in Edinburgh, Scotland in November 2012. It is character driven. The central character is Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson. He must discover why three people in his city have been killed and who is responsible for those three deaths.

The first body has been dead for a few days before it is discovered. The cause of death and the identity of the victim (Mary-Ann Johnson) are both unknown. Hunter sees the second murder take place, when the victim is mown down by a car in a car park. Hunter knows the victim (Billy Hope) but cannot identify the killer and cannot recall crucial details correctly. The third victim’s attack is also witnessed by neighbours but everybody seems to have seen different things. The victim (Annie Johnson) is not carrying any means of identification.

Central to Hunter’s investigations are three young men and their fathers: DC Tim Myerscough and former Chief Constable Sir Peter Myerscough, petty thief Jamie Thomson and Ian Thomson who is presently incarcerated, and lastly loved up Frankie Hope and loan shark former councillor and Billy Hope.

The reader first meets Jamie Thomson who is carrying on his family business and breaking into a house in fine areas of the city. On this occasion he breaks into the house of Sir Peter Myerscough. Sir Peter is now the Justice Secretary in the Scottish Government. Sir Peter gives chase and catches Jamie after he trips over a corpse in the grounds of a local golf course. Sir Peter calls the police and the team is led by DI Hunter Wilson.

The next characters introduced are Annie Johnson, her parents, Mary-Ann Johnson and Joe Johnson and her boyfriend, Frankie Hope. Annie is a pretty girl who is pregnant by Frankie, a gentle young man. Annie’s mother knows about the pregnancy and has undertaken to tell Joe. It is clear, Mary-Ann has a secret that she had to confess to Joe. Mary-Ann had an affair with Frankie’s father, Billy Hope. Annie and Frankie are half siblings. Frankie’s mother Edna Hope is Jamie’s aunt.

Edna meets with Arjun Mansoor, the man who is running Ian Johnson’s car showroom while he is in jail. They argue. Hunter learns Arjun is found to be importing cocaine in luxury imported cars. Sir Peter Myercough is amongst his cocaine customers. He has been black-mailed and made fraudulent insurance claims to pay.

At first there is no apparent connection between the three attacks which find Mary-Ann dead, see Billy killed in a Tesco car park and Annie fatally injured in a leafy Edinburgh suburb. Annie is kept alive by the hospital trying to save the twins she is carrying. When the pathologist Meera Sharma confirm that Mary-Ann was also hit by a car, before her body was dumped, Hunter’s team believe they have a serial killer.

The victims have all been attacked with cars. One of the cars reported as stolen by Arjun Mansoor, the other belongs to Ian Thomson. Hunter’s main suspects are Joe Johnson, and Arjun Mansoor.

Annie dies after the delivery of her twins. Frankie and Joe attend the hospital and Joe confirms to Frankie that Annie was his half-sister. Frankie names the twins Kylie and Dannii after the Minogue sisters.

Tim is attacked by the car driver after Sir Peter tells his son where he is likely to find Ian Thomson’s car. Tim survives and sees the driver, Edna Hope. His testimony and DNA found in the cars allow Hunter to link her to each of the three deaths. Arjun and Sir Peter are convicted for their crimes.

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Excerpt

“Fucking thief! Stop thief! Fuck! Fucking stop!” Sir Peter bellowed into the darkness.

“Yeah, that’ll work,” thought Jamie, as he jumped the wall and tore round the corner. He kept on running, but soon heard puffing behind him and realised his victim was giving chase. He was quick for an old one, Jamie thought, but no real match for Jamie, even in his tight shoes. But Sir Peter was clearly one angry man and wasn’t going to give up that easily. That was bad luck.

Jamie vaulted another fence and legged it across the street. He heard some of his haul hit the ground, but didn’t stop for it. He would still have enough; the bag was heavy. He hoped he hadn’t dropped the Breitling; he fancied that. He leapt over a wall and headed into the rough beside the golf course.

Jamie worked at that golf club courtesy of Sir Peter Myerscough; the irony was not lost on Jamie. He figured he knew the land well enough to make a clean getaway. He had not counted on his victim being home so early. He also had no idea Sir Peter could give chase so well. Unlucky. Oh shit, that old guy was gaining on him! How could he do that? Jamie had to move.

It was more difficult to cross the wooded area around the course in the damp and dark than he had thought it would be with his tight shoes. This damn bag didn’t help; it kept getting caught on branches. He dodged amongst the bushes and behind the trees to avoid his victim, but the old boy just kept coming. He would not give up, but the ground was wet and the leaves on the ground were slippery.

Fuck! Jamie tripped.

His ankle gave a deafening crack that was only drowned out by Jamie’s screams. Must be the root of a tree that tripped him. He could not get up. His ankle would not take his weight; it was buggered. He tried to crawl into the undergrowth. It bloody hurt, and he could not get away. Sir Peter would find him soon now. Jamie could not move but he thought fast. He threw his bag as far as he could, just to get it away from himself. His silk gloves meant there would be no prints. He tried to bury the stuff from his pockets. His ankle was agony. Jamie felt something strange where he dug into the ground, but he had too many other things on his mind to worry too much about that.

The old boy reached him and leaned towards Jamie. Sir Peter, cursing and panting, doubled over balancing on his knees. He yanked back Jamie’s hood and shone his torch into the thief’s eyes. Recognition.

“Jamie Thomson, it’s you! Scum! You broke into my house? Fucking ingrate! You are a thieving rodent. Do you know how hard I argued to get you that job at the golf club? And this is the thanks I get? You pissing rat. I spoke up for you, for rehabilitation; I really fought for you. There are half a dozen decent houses in my street. Why mine?”

“Oh no. Not you, Sir Peter!” Jamie tried to sound surprised. Then his curiosity set in. “So whose house would you have suggested I go to instead? Which one would you rather I’d tried?”


About the Author

Author pic Edinburgh (1)Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ and Hunter’s Revenge are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The third book   in the series, Hunter’s Force, follows shortly.

Tour Schedule

11th February Lizzums Lives Life @LizzumsBB
11th February Turn The Page @turnthepage171
11th February b for bookreview @BookreviewB
11th February Emma the Little Bookworm @EmmaMitchellFPR
12th February A Little Book Problem @book_problem
12th February Lacy ace Book Reviews @lacy_claire
12th February The Magic Of Wor(l)ds @MagicOfWorldsBE
12th February Nicki`s Life Of Crime @NickiRichards7
12th February Bookmarks and Stages @Lou_Bookmarks
13th February A Lover of Books @destinylover09
13th February Tangents and Tissues @tangentsbb
13th February Portable Magic @bantambookworm
13th February everywhere and nowhere @Kate_everywhere
13th February There’s Been A Murder Crime Blog @beenamurder

 

Death Will Find Me – A Tessa Kilpatrick Mystery – Cover Reveal and blurb @Ness_Robertson @LoveBooksGroup #DeathWillFindMe #Readers #Authors #1920’s #Scotland

It gives me great pleasure to be part of this Cover Reveal and blurb of the book: “Death Will Find Me” by Vanessa Robertson. For an idea of what the book is about, I have also included the blurb included below.

 

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Blurb

Scotland, 1920.
Meet Tessa Kilpatrick; heiress and war-time covert operations agent.

Finding her husband – the feckless James – with another woman at a 1920s country house party, she demands a divorce. But when his body is discovered in a lonely stone bothy the next morning, Inspector Hamish Rasmussen sees Tessa as his only suspect.

Back in Edinburgh, links to another murder convince Rasmussen of her innocence. He enlists her help and together they set off on a pursuit that will bring Tessa once again face to face with the brutality of war as well as revealing to her the lengths that desperate people will go to in order to protect those they love.

Will Tessa be able to prevent a final murder or will she become the killer’s latest victim?

This book will be perfect for anyone who’s enjoyed the work of Catriona McPherson, Sara Sheridan and Jessica Fellowes.

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